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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 9.8
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2017 BMW X3 Review

The 2017 BMW X3 ranks high in the luxury compact SUV class. It has athletic handling, two powerful engines, roomy cargo and passenger space, and plenty of standard safety features.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful lineup of engines
  • Sporty handling and steering
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo room
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Unrefined engine stop-start feature
  • Lacks standard active safety features

New for 2017

  • Upgraded iDrive interface
  • Wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot became available
  • Diesel model went on hiatus for 2017

2017 BMW X3 Overview

Is the 2017 BMW X3 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 BMW X3 is one of the best luxury compact SUVs on the market. It has an above-average predicted reliability rating, a classy interior, and a powertrain that will satisfy most drivers.

No SUV is perfect, however. The X3 has a frustrating stop/start feature. It saves fuel by shutting off the engine when idling, then restarts it when you press the accelerator. Unfortunately, there’s a lag between touching the gas and the engine’s restarting.

Still, we named the BMW X3 our best 2017 Luxury Compact SUV for Families, due to its excellent combination of space, family-friendly features, and positive automotive reviews.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 51 professional evaluations for this 2017 BMW X3 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 BMW X3?

There are more than 700 listings on our site for the 2017 BMW X3. Prices start at $26,400 and top out at $44,600, with an average price of $33,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW X3 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 BMW X3 are estimated to be $30,292. That’s about average for the luxury compact SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X3?

The 2019 BMW X3 starts at $41,000 - nearly $8,000 more than an average-priced 2017 X3. You get a fair bit for the extra money, however. The 2019 X3 offers all the changes brought about by the 2018 redesign, including the addition of a rear-wheel-drive base model and several standard safety features like rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and more. The 2019 X3 also has a standard rearview camera,  an upgraded touch-screen infotainment system with smartphone integration, and a slightly stronger base engine. Buying used will save you a bundle. Just be aware of what you’re giving up.

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If the 2019 X3 is out of your price range, consider dropping down a class and getting a new luxury subcompact SUV. You’ll get less room, but the 2018 BMW X1 (starting at $33,900) and the 2019 Volvo XC40 ($33,200) are two excellent vehicles with starting prices close to the 2017 BMW X3’s average price. The Volvo offers a wide range of standard safety features and all-wheel drive.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X3 Is Best?

The 2017 X3 marks the end of a generation that started with the 2011 X3. The 2015 model underwent a number of improvements, including a refreshed interior and exterior. The 2016 and 2017 models see few changes, so you might consider buying a 2015 or 2016 if price is a top concern.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 BMW X3 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 BMW X3 has two recalls. One involves an electric power steering control unit that was not welded properly. The second deals with possible damage to the lower child seat anchor bars. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying the X3.

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Which Used BMW X3 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 BMW X3 has three trim levels: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and xDrive35i. Standard features on the base sDrive28i include an engine stop-start system, automatic climate control, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a nine-speaker stereo system, HD Radio, enhanced USB connections and Bluetooth, and voice recognition.

The xDrive28i adds all-wheel drive and hill descent control. The xDrive35i has the more powerful inline six-cylinder engine, as well as satellite radio, a panoramic moonroof, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system.

The BMW xDrive28i makes the most sense with its all-wheel drive, long list of features, and ample power from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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Certified Pre-Owned BMW X3 Warranty

Even with the 2017 X3’s above-average predicted reliability rating, you might consider a certified pre-owned model for extra peace of mind. The BMW CPO program is available on vehicles with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty for passenger cars and SUVs for a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring certified-pre-owned coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully. BMW’s CPO program ranks slightly below average among luxury manufacturers. CPO programs offered by Lexus, Infiniti, and Mercedes are more robust than BMW’s, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the X3?

The 2017 BMW X3 received five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in front and side crash testing with four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the top score of Good for its moderate overlap front, rollover, side, and rear crash tests.

No advanced safety features come standard in the X3. Available features include a rearview camera, park distance control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic braking, a surround-view parking camera, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 BMW X3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X3 or 2017 Audi Q5?

The 2017 Audi Q5 and the 2017 X3 share similar traits and standard features. Both have a range of potent engines; nimble handling; and roomy, high-end cabins. However, the X3 is a better choice. The BMW has more cargo space, a much higher predicted reliability rating, and better fuel economy.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X3 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

For a luxurious, comfortable ride, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a solid choice. Its cabin has top-notch materials, an uncluttered design, and a long list of standard advanced safety features. It just can’t match the athletic driving dynamics of the X3. Either SUV is a solid choice; it really comes down to your preferred driving style.

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2017 X3 Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW X3 Drive?

The 2017 X3 has the athletic handling and responsive horsepower expected from a BMW. In fact, the X3 performs more like a small car than an SUV. Its sharp steering provides good feedback, but the firm suspension does affect ride comfort somewhat. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The X3’s engine stop-start feature – designed to save fuel by shutting off the engine at stoplights – is a frustrating feature. It can be slow to turn back on when you tap the accelerator. Thankfully, the system can be disengaged manually if it becomes too irksome.

A 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard. Acceleration from a standstill is quick. The available 300-horsepower, turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine is even faster with almost sports-car-like acceleration. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.

Does the 2017 BMW X3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base turbocharged engine and either drivetrain, the BMW X3 gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That puts the X3’s fuel economy on the high end for the class. The six-cylinder is rated at 19/26 mpg city/highway.

2017 BMW X3 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 X3 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2017 X3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 X3 Seat?

The 2017 X3 seats five. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models have leather-trimmed heated seats. Both the front and rear seats have plenty of legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW X3?

The X3’s outboard rear seats each have a full set of LATCH connectors for installing child seats, while the middle seat has only an upper tether. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 X3’s LATCH system the second-worst rating of Marginal. The lower anchors are buried too deep in the seat, and they require too much force when installing the seat.

2017 BMW X3 Features

Standard features on the 2017 X3 include automatic climate control, keyless entry, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker stereo system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, voice recognition, enhanced USB connections and Bluetooth, and access to messaging, tasks and voice memos.

The infotainment system responds quickly to voice and touch prompts, and the menu layout is easy to understand. Available features include an upgraded iDrive interface, satellite radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a navigation system with a larger screen, a head-up display, and a Harman Kardon stereo.

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2017 BMW X3 Dimensions

BMW X3 Cargo Space

The 2017 BMW X3 has 27.6 cubic feet of storage space with all seats in the upright position. You can fold the second row to take advantage of 63.3 cubic feet. Both of those values are high for the class.

2017 X3 Length and Weight

The 2017 X3 measures at 15.3 feet in length. Its curb weight ranges from 4,030 pounds to 4,230 pounds. The X3 has a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,970 up to 5,160 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW X3 Built?

BMW manufactured the 2017 X3 in South Carolina.

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